The Library of Congress has gotten very Web 2.0, and signed up for a Flickr account. Last week, they posted over 3,000 photos from their vast archive to that account, with more likely to come. The first two sets, entitled “1930s-40s in color” and “News in the 1910s,” offer a rich look at our nation’s history, and look great for their age (particularly the WWII-related color photos in the first set).
Of course, the Library of Congress already uploads many of their images and even flippable versions of books (like Alexander Gardner’s Civil War classic, Gardner’s Photographic Sketchbook of the War ) to their Prints and Photographs site, but this new addition to Flickr is sure to expand their youth viewership. Best of all, these photographs have no known reproduction restrictions on them, meaning you can use them for school projects, slideshow presentations, etc., with minimal risk that someone is going to knock on your door one day and sue you.